Matilda Kalef -- Three Promises

The Kalefs were one of the Belgrade's oldest families, tracing their roots back more than 300 years. Then the Nazis swept into Serbia in 1941...
While scores of relatives were being shot and gassed, Dona Bat Kalef fled with her two daughters, Breda and Matilda, to a Catholic church in Banovo Brdo. "Can you protect us?" she asked the priest. Father Andrej Tumpej did indeed save Dona and her daughters, and this film tells their story.

Study Guides

YUGOSLAVIA

After the First World War, the Kingdom of Serbia became part of the newly founded "Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes", which stretched from the Western Balkans to Central Europe. This territory was ethnically very diverse.

JEWISH BELGRADE

The first written records of the presence of Jews in Belgrade date back to the 16th century when the city was under Ottoman rule. At that time Belgrade boasted a strong Sephardic community that was concentrated in the central Belgrade neighborhood called Dorcol.

SERBIAN JEWRY IN WWII

The destruction of Serbia's Jewry was carried out in two distinct phases. The first lasted from July to November 1941 and involved the mass internment and murder of Jewish men, who were shot as part of retaliatory executions. The second phase, between December 1941 and May 1942, included the incarceration of women and children in the Semlin Judenlager and their gassing in mobile gas vans. Read an article about the Holocaust in Serbia.

SEPHARDIM

A Sephardic Jew is a Jew descended from, or who follows the customs and traditions of, Jews who lived in the Iberian Peninsula (modern Spain and Portugal) before their expulsion in the late 15th century. They are referred to as Sephardim, as “Sepharad” means Spain in Hebrew.  For religious purposes, the term Sephardim also refers to all Jews who use a Sephardic style of liturgy, and therefore includes most Jews of Middle Eastern background, whether or not they have any historical connection to the Iberian Peninsula.

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Lesson plans for this film

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Title / School Subject Documents Language
Using the Kalef film in Slovenian schools
History
sl
The family - The root gives life to a tree. The family gives life to mankind.
History
en
3 lives
History
en
"Three Promises" - Lesson Plan
History
en
Life During World War II
History
en
Sećanje na žrtve Holokausta
other projects
sr
Holocaust and Human Rights
civic activism
en
Courageous People Project
civic activism
en
The Power of a Promise
judaism / religious knowledge / ethics
en
Three Promises: Personal Stories as Historical Material
History
en
Jewish People and Gentiles
civic activism, History
en
Getting to know and “adopting” my neighborhood
Etika, History
en
Looking back: A child’s recollections of the Holocaust through the eyes of the children of today
History
en
Centropa Biography Film/Stolpersteine Assignment
History, other projects
en
Promises
History, other projects
en
Breda and Matilda Kalef: "Three Promises"
History
en
Lesson plan on the Centropa film "Three Promises"
History
en
"Three Promises" Interactive Film Script
History
en
"Three Promises" Interactive Film Script
History
sr
Lo Ta'amod: A Jewish Values Family Education Program
judaism / religious knowledge / ethics
en
"Three promises": A project about the Kalef family
History
en
Наставна јединица: „Три обећања“
History
sr